Making Jam

July 11, 2014

Carol's raspberry jam

Carol’s raspberry jam

” . . . making preserves is an art of stalling time, of making the fruit that is so evanescent last indefinitely.”
— Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

I bet this new jam won’t last too long on the pantry shelf — definitely not indefinitely!


“The breezes taste
Of apple peel . . .”
— John Updike, “September,” from A Child’s Calendar

Page from John Updike's A Child's Calendar

This is the season for apples.  We have plenty on our apple trees this year.  Yesterday morning I picked up those that had fallen over night and juiced them for breakfast.  I added three carrots, half a lemon, and some leftover blackberries.  Yum!

Apple growing in our side yard

Still life with apples



Fork Possibilities

November 15, 2010

Forks in a vintage canning jar

by Charles Simic

This strange thing must have crept
right out of here.
It resembles a bird’s foot
Worn around the cannibal’s neck.

As you hold it in your hand,
As you stab with it into a piece of meat,
It is possible to imagine the rest of the bird:
Its head which like your fist
Is large, bald, beakless and blind.

Forks arrayed in a canning jar

Fork line up

Fork fan